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    Royal William Yard


    Historic Plymouth destination

    Royal William Yard is the most exciting mixed-use neighbourhood in Plymouth, situated on a 15-acre site with its own marina and dramatic views across Plymouth Sound.

    The yard was originally constructed between 1825 and 1831 as a British Navy victualling facility (which, for those of you not up on your military history, means it was where the navy’s food, drink and supplies were processed).

    The design led redevelopment of Royal William Yard has made it one of the South West’s most talked about places and its now a buzzing neighbourhood full of homes, restaurants, bars, a cinema, offices, artists spaces and a hotel. Its 215 apartments and 115,000 sq. ft. of commercial space house a vibrant mix of people and businesses. Plus, a programme of markets, cultural events and exhibitions bring thousands more to visit throughout the year.

    With spaces suitable for anything from start-ups, pop-up coffee shops to large restaurants or established businesses, this is a place where you can feel at home, attract quality staff and watch your business thrive. We look forward to helping you be part of it.

    The award winning architects, Ferguson Mann, and now Gillespie Yunnie have designed the buildings to maximise flexibility and provide for a modern office, retail and restaurant environment, yet retain as many of the original features of the building as possible.

    Described by WhatHouse as “possibly the South West’s most stunning development”, it breathes new life into one of Britain’s most important groups of historic military buildings. Now home to a bustling community, Royal William Yard is a place where offices, apartments, restaurants, bars, leisure businesses and galleries rub shoulders, as waves lap the shore on three sides.

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    Office, retail and leisure space is now available at Royal William Yard, ranging from 300 - 100,000 sq ft. Take a look at what's on offer below, or get in touch with the team on 0333 666 0000.



    Mills Bakery



    Workspace at Royal William Yard


    Steeped in history

    The yard was the major victualling depot of the Royal Navy and an important adjunct of Devonport Dockyard following the Napoleonic Wars.

    Designed by the architect Sir John Rennie and named after King William IV the impressive site occupies approximately 16 acres (65,000 m2) being half of Western Kings, north of Devil's Point. Grade I listed, it was converted to an up-market mixed use development by Urban Splash.

    Described as the grandest of the royal victualling yards, 'in its externally largely unaltered state it remains today one of the most magnificent industrial monuments in the country'.

    Meet the designer

    Gillespie Yunnie Architects

    RIBA South West Architect of the year 2014

    The practice has a particular interest in finding contemporary solutions for constrained and historic environments with expertise in the creative re-use and re-invention of existing buildings.

    Creative interventions and respect for the beautiful original architecture have helped create a stunning place to live and work –and have led to a raft of awards.


    Royal William Yard is a place where thousands of people live and work. But with its beautiful buildings, stunning views, great restaurants, leisure facilities, bakery and galleries, it’s a destination too. There’s always something going on here.

    You can try yoga or fitness classes on the lawn, take the stunning, award-winning steps down to the famous South West Coast Path, rent a paddleboard from Firestone Arches or take a dip in the tidal swimming pool at Firestone Bay. There’s also a regular programme of events all year round, including craft and food markets, seasonal events, pop-up arts performances such as the Invisible Circus’ street entertainers, wall dancers, The Barbican Theatre and Plymouth Art to name a few.


    To date we have won 400 awards for architecture, regeneration, marketing and enterprise.

    Check out some of the awards Royal William Yard has won below.

    Project / Client

    RESI Awards 2016 - Development of the Decade - Royal William Yard

    Royal William Yard
    14 September 2016

    Taste of the West Food Awards - Devon Gold Award - Best Farmers' Market - Royal William Yard Good Food Market

    Royal William Yard
    26 May 2016

    The Historic England Angel Awards - Certificate of Recognition - Royal William Yard

    Royal William Yard
    01 August 2015

    RICS Awards 2015, South West - Royal William Yard Staircase - Infrastructure - Highly Commended

    Royal William Yard
    21 May 2015

    Abercrombie Awards 2014 - Judges'Special Award - Royal William Yard

    Royal William Yard
    07 November 2014

    Abercrombie Awards 2014 - Best Smaller Development project - Royal William Yard Staircase

    Royal William Yard
    07 November 2014


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